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Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

SCOTUS and the right side of history | Jennifer Taylor

The last page of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in Trump v. Hawaii is now hanging on my office door. It’s a reminder of two things: First, court decisions are not always right (the majority in Trump v. Hawaii upheld the president’s so-called travel ban, a proclamation imposing “entry restrictions” on, and effectively banning travellers from, several mostly Muslim-majority countries). ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Why law schools must teach innovation | Rebecca Lockwood

Innovation is everywhere these days, even in the legal profession. Lawyers aren’t typically described as such, but it is a characteristic that is increasingly sought after. As the legal landscape shifts — for economic and technological reasons among others — lawyers must do the same to keep up. And being innovative is key to this process. However, it’s not a quality that is traditionally developed in law school. Legal education must also move with our dynamic profession and build innovation into law curricula to adequately prepare future lawyers for practice. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Wellness: Envy is the enemy of mental health for lawyers | Darryl Singer

In last month's wellness column, I wrote about the three main things I learned as a result of my recovery from addiction and depression and specifically how you can take those lessons and apply them immediately to start living a more fulfilled life. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

Trinity Western case a nuanced look at scope of religious freedom | Heather MacIvor

On June 15 the Supreme Court of Canada approved the refusal by two law societies to accredit graduates of a proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) in British Columbia. Students and faculty at the private evangelical Christian school are required to sign a “community covenant agreement,” pledging to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” Violations of the covenant can result in suspension or expulsion. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

Increase your success with lateral hires | Gary Mitchell

What is a law firm without great talent? Empty office space! There are so many reasons law firms need to do more to empower their lawyers and staff to excel in their careers. One of the most critical areas I see for improvement is how you onboard your newly acquired talent. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Explaining the SCC’s ‘duelling banjos’ decision in TWU | Richard Pound

When looking at the reasons of both the majority and minority in the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Trinity Western University et al v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 33, there are elements reminiscent of the duelling banjos episode in the motion picture Deliverance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Access to Justice: Action committee looks at problems, innovative solutions | Thomas Cromwell

Access to justice leaders from coast to coast to coast met for two and one-half days in Ottawa in April at the annual summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. These people know better than most how big a challenge we face in improving access to justice. But that did not temper the enthusiasm for what has been accomplished or weaken the resolve to keep working for change. ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Unpacking Doug Ford’s plan for Ontario’s energy sector | Caroline Jageman

Before he was elected, Ontario’s premier-designate Doug Ford published his vision for Ontario, “For the People, A Plan For Ontario,” and the portion that relates to energy can be divided into five main promises: ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

Discriminatory benefit loophole closed for those over 65 | Stuart Rudner

It has been over a decade since Ontario effectively abolished mandatory retirement by amending the Human Rights Code to extend its protection against discrimination to workers over the age of 65. The legislation which effected this change had an interesting twist, however: it allowed employers to offer different (i.e., lesser) benefits to those older workers. ... [read more]

Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

We need more lawyers in public office | Laurelly Dale

True, appointing astronauts and morning show hosts adds a unique voice. Everyone has a perspective to add as a cabinet member. The role of the cabinet is to set the policies, laws and priorities for Canada. Becoming a lawyer is a massive undertaking. The government needs to draw on our expertise to weigh in on the legality of their laws. More lawyers are needed in office — either as ministers or consultants. ... [read more]